Category Archives: Views From The Fence

Keeping Christmas Traditions

By late October, before Halloween, hints of Christmas are already in the air and on the windows of shopping malls. The radio and television start the tunes of “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is coming to Town.” By the middle of November the Santa Claus Parade brings thrills and excitement to children and their parents… Read More »

Aftermath of the Storms

On November 8, 2013, a storm of such great force and magnitude that had not hit this earth before landed and wrought havoc and indescribable damage in the fair islands of the Philippines. Thousands of people lost their lives, many of whom lay for days under the debris. The survivors many of whom were children,… Read More »

Worrying about home – away from home….

The Philippines has been in the top news and will stay there for a while due to the recent natural calamity that has befallen this country. It is said that this storm was the strongest ever that had hit the face of the earth – stronger than Katrina which was a Signal No 4 with… Read More »

Filipino in the Canadian Mosaic

Canada and the United States of America have different views of newcomers to each country. Canada has a policy of integration; the United States, of assimilation. An immigrant to Canada is given the privilege of retaining his or her identity, preserve the traditions of the country of origin as well as celebrate them and settle… Read More »

Views from the Fence

Government of the People, for the People and By the People The government of the most powerful country in the world, the United States of America, has closed down! Thousands of Federal employees have been furloughed. Special benefits have stopped, national parks have been closed, and the military for a while did not get their… Read More »

Pride and the Syrian Crisis

For several weeks now, the world has been on the brink of a disaster. The immediate trigger was the attack in Syria using chemical weapons that killed about one thousand adults and more or less 400 children. The published videos of the incident were horrific; children and adults gasping for breath, rows and rows of… Read More »

The Love that stopped the Gun

Every time we turn on the television or glance at the newspapers, there has seemed to be a report of an act of violence; gunshots killing teenagers, a son stabbing his own mother to death, drive -by shootings, and mass killings in malls, theaters, schools and other places where people normally gather. The headline or… Read More »

Number 13

I am not a superstition person. I do not believe in all those tales about black cats. How can you avoid a black cat traversing your path if you own the animal? I avoid going under ladders not because of bad luck but it is common sense to avoid an accident. Ladders are not very… Read More »

Stories from Home

People from all over the world come to Canada in thousands every year to settle and start a new life. The Philippines has always been one of the top ten source countries of immigrants to Canada. There were several years when Filipinos made up the first five largest groups of immigrants. Aside from those who… Read More »

A Reminder of Mortality

It was a beautiful third Monday of April, a spring day. The sun was shining and the city was in festive mood. It was a holiday-Heroes Day, and Marathon Day, the 117th. The streets were busy; people were coming and going. There were about 27,000 participants in that marathon from all over the world. At… Read More »